natty_dread wrote:Dim, the thing is, we don't get that much feedback in the foundry these days. People just don't care, or maybe it's because lots of people seem to have a view of the foundry as an "elitist" place that is hard to approach.
Maps usually only get feedback in the draft stage and again when they're in beta. Other than that, mapmakers have to go by feedback of other mapmakers and foundry mods.
It's not ideal, and every now and then efforts are made to bring more people in the foundry... but so far the efforts have proven to be pretty ineffective.
sadly i am aware of the lack of feedback in the foundry but still you can't tell me that 5-7 posts per month is a normal average. indeed it's not like a few years ago where one would get a page per day but i can still see several maps that get much more than 5-7 posts per month so it is possible.
also a big cause of that lack of feedback is because of the map makers. if you give people lots of updates then you keep the interest high and people keep coming and giving you feedback.
i'm gonna use portland as an example again. on june 19th i gave a bunch of feedback. 3 days later the map maker said it will be done. 3 weeks have passed and still nothing. now, even if i might have more feedback i'd like to give, i honestly won't bother to do it until i see something is actually done otherwise i'm just wasting my time.
i've had an update on almost every page of my map. and after each update people came and commented. it's not just about giving people something to talk about but also making them feel appreciated. if i give feedback on a map and the very next day or even the same day i see that the map makers implements my request even if it's just to prove me wrong or see what it might look like, i will feel that the map maker appreciates my input, respects it and wants me to come back for more.
and i'm not the only one that does this. look at cairnswk's maps he often has more updates than the number of pages in his threads. that means people get often updates and the map maker really cares.
of course some people just don't have the time to post such regular updates and honestly it's not a big issue. it just means their map will develop slower. but if other people can update often and get lots of feedback it means the foundry is not so dead as some might think. there's still hope.